Stephen collects clocks.

One day, when I was visiting, he explained the history of each one.

‘But here’s my pride and joy.’ He produced a timepiece with a beautiful, gilded face with Roman numerals.

‘What is different from other clocks?’

It took me some time to notice that there were two XI’s and no XII. I told Steve.

‘The maker, Kornfeldt, dreaded midnight, so made this clock, which he set to time and waited to see what would happen to the chime at midnight.’

‘When it chimed eleven, then one, he dropped dead, which is why this piece is unique.’

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6 months ago

No midnight prompt would be complete without some reference to clocks, and this particular clock is one of a kind! An original take on the prompt and a satisfyingly macabre ending. The title is catchy and memorable, and the accompanying graphic is perfect. Great overall presentation!

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
7 months ago

This is a strange story. Spooky.

Preston Randall
Preston Randall(@preston-randall)
7 months ago

Perhaps he should have also eliminated the “1 o’clock” symbol? An intriguing and interesting story. Well done.

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
7 months ago

Another spooky tale. That is it- I will not be reading these midnight stories after dark. Chilling!

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
7 months ago

Wow, Allan. Spine-chilling indeed! Pretty sure I wouldn’t want that timepiece in my collection! Loved this one!

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
7 months ago

Allan, what a wonderful and terrifying tale! It makes me question if he passed away due to his intense terror of midnight alone, or if the clock itself was somehow more malevolent.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
7 months ago

Hello, Allan. I am glad that I am not reading your story at night. My hair stood on end. So spooky. Well done. 

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Allan Neil
7 months ago

You are welcome, Allan.

Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
7 months ago

Very spooky, Allan, and although I’m not sure what I was expecting, it wasn’t that ending! I think this would make a great beginning for a longer story. Well done!

Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary(@emily-oleary)
7 months ago

It would seem that the spirit of Midnight will not be ignored! An interesting tale and a lesson, I think, that we shouldn’t ignore something just because we dread and fear it!

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